Working horses, donkeys and burros are the lifeblood of rural economies in many developing countries, serving important roles as transportation and labor. But major welfare issues often arise due to lack of access to veterinary care and extremely challenging work environments.
The poor condition of the roads they travel, the heavy burdens they bear or pull, the makeshift harnesses and carriages—combined with inadequate feed and medical attention—contribute to a life of misery for many horses and donkeys worldwide. They may suffer from parasites, sores, thirst, sunburn, or serious injuries.
Training of animal health workers in rural communities, along with equine owners, helps ease this distress. Around the world, HSI works to bring such training to remote communities, promoting the economic benefits of better treatment. With your support, we can empower people to provide proper care to the animals who sustain them.
November 10, 2015
HSI applauded the Mexican Senate for conducting a forum to discuss ways to contribute to the enactment of comprehensive animal welfare legislation at the federal level.
May 6, 2014
HSI joined with UK-based World Horse Welfare to improve the situation for working equines in Haiti.
August 28, 2013
With political turmoil in Egypt continuing to disrupt the tourism industry, the animals (and their owners) working in the area of the pyramids were in need of assistance.
April 1, 2013
HSI expects to treat 4,000 animals per month in Haiti.